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Murrieta Woman Dies in Ortega Highway Crash

Approximate location of crash.  Courtesy:  Google Maps.
Approximate location of crash. Courtesy: Google Maps.
A Murrieta woman died Monday after hitting a tree along the Ortega Highway, California Highway Patrol and coroner's officials report.

According to the Orange County Coroner's Office, Kristina Halliday died upon impact with the tree just before 8 a.m.  She was 68.

The crash east of the San Diego (5) Freeway near Antonio Parkway was reported at 7:57 a.m., according to a California Highway Patrol dispatcher.

No other vehicles or people were involved, fire officials told the OC Register. 

Authorities temporarily closed westbound lanes to accommodate an investigation.
Eric Thulander May 20, 2014 at 05:43 PM
Thank you for your love and prayers Tina was my mother and a loving loving lady she will be missed.
Psychic One May 20, 2014 at 07:25 PM
Such a tragic loss. I send thoughts of peace and comfort to the family and loved ones Ms. Halliday leaves behind.
J Anne Black Bradbury May 22, 2014 at 12:02 PM
I'm sad to say I know of three deaths on the Ortega this month so far. I drive it five days a week from Menifee to San Clemente. I could write a book on what I've seen.
Jack David Lopez Sr. June 02, 2014 at 06:57 PM
Very dangerous road

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